• Holidays,  Life,  Life & Travel

    April Fools’ Day

    I woke up this morning, and my phone looked like this: Notice what it says up there in the left hand corner? Yeah. That’s never happened to me in my own home before. I called downstairs to my husband and he told me that his phone was the same. G: “How am I supposed to call AT&T to find out what’s happening since we no longer have a land line?” Me: “I think there’s some code you can punch in that goes directly to your carrier, even if you have no service.”, I said uncertainly, “Just Google it.” G: “But we have no service. How am I supposed to Google…

  • Entertaining,  Holidays,  Love & Family

    Outdoor Thanksgiving Dinner

    This Thanksgiving was my absolute favorite. And you know what? I got to see first hand how creating a specific feeling and atmosphere can truly set the mood for a whole evening. In a word, it was magic. It all started about 3 weeks before Thanksgiving: I was going to host Thanksgiving at my house, and there were a couple extra guests this year, making a total of 15. This troubled me. See, last year I hosted Thanksgiving, too. My dining table seats 8 comfortably, but at family gatherings we typically have at least 13 people. So, we squeeze in 5 more chairs somehow, and we all agree to forgo elbow…

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